Cancer, never popular, has been an extra-huge asshole this week with the recent deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, and on Thursday it claimed another much-loved celebrity: music manager and Céline Dion's husband, René Angélil. Angélil discovered the young Céline in Quebec at the age of 12 (he is 26 years older) when he was sent a tape by her brother in 1980. He mortgaged his home to produce her first album, helped her learn English to break into the American market. In 1994, the two wed. In a statement to People, a rep for Dion said:

Rene Angélil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer.

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Angélil and Dion getting photobombed by a giant Oscar in 2012.
Angélil and Dion getting photobombed by a giant Oscar in 2012.
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This was Angélil's third fight with cancer; he previously had surgery to remove a tumor from his throat. He leaves behind not only Dion and their three children, but two adult children from a previous relationship.

Dion's Facebook page posted this short note:

Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer....

Posted by Celine Dion on Thursday, January 14, 2016
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